St Kitts and Nevis Patriots 176 for 6 (Allen 62*, Hafeez 37, Smith 1-8) beat Jamaica Tallawahs 156 (Phillips 87, Emrit 2-21, Cottrell 2-33, Joseph 2-37) by 20 runs
Jamaica Tallawahs ended their series of home games with a defeat, losing by 20 runs to St Kitts and Nevis Patriots at Sabina Park. Patriots rode on Fabian Allen’s 27-ball 62 to reach 176 for 6 from 82 for 6, after which their bowlers combined to strangle Tallawahs, dismissing them for 156.
Glenn Phillips was the only Tallawahs batsman to make a worthy contribution, scoring a 49-ball 87 to become the highest run-getter this season, but, with eight other single-digit scores in the innings, Phillips had little support in the chase. Tallawahs’ defeat was their sixth in seven games, while Patriots, with eight points, are in the battle for a top-two finish with Trinbago Knight Riders, who have played three fewer matches.
Honours shared in first ten overs Having been put in to bat, Patriots lost openers Evin Lewis and Devon Thomas by the third over, but a tidy 46-run third-wicket stand between Laurie Evans and Mohammad Hafeez helped them recover. Tallawahs’ bowlers rode on the back of some early swing with the new ball, and Dwayne Smith, particularly, troubled the batsmen early on, his lack of pace forcing them to manufacture shots.
Hafeez then struck four fours off Shamar Springer in the seventh over to break the shackles, and that boost brought them on even terms with Tallawahs. At the end of 10 overs, Hafeez had crunched five fours and a six but in the next over for 37, after toe-ending a drive to cover. At that stage, the scoreboard read 76 for 4.
Allen rescues Patriots after middle-order wobble
Over the next two overs, Shamarh Brooks was trapped lbw by Zahir Khan, and Carlos Brathwaite was out slicing a catch to cover. At 82 for 6, the Patriots innings seemed destined for a quick finish but Fabian Allen, batting at No. 7, had other ideas.
Batting alongside No. 8 Keron Cottoy, Allen took on Afghanistan left-arm wristspinner Zahir Khan, shellacking 16 runs off the 16th over. The next two overs – off Jade Dernbach and Springer – yielded 13 and 18 runs respectively, and included two fours, two sixes and a dropped chance to reprieve Cottoy.
Dernbach’s final over, the penultimate of the innings, went for another 20 runs, with Allen reaching his half-century off 23 balls. The run-spree of the final overs was capped by a 14-run over to end the innings, and from 82 for 6, Patriots climbed to 176. The unbeaten Allen-Cottoy partnership was worth 94, of which 81 runs came off the final five overs.
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